Bleacher Report

Duke BasketballTHE FLATS — Georgia Tech men’s basketball pushed No. 2 Duke to the brink, but a scoring drought over the final three minutes doomed it in the seventy three-64 loss on Wednesday at McCamish Pavilion. Max Meyer picks Washington: After Quade Green was deemed ineligible, Washington has been a mess, as the Huskies had a second-half implosion in opposition to Stanford and fell to Cal (Cal!) in additional time for a brutal sweep on their Bay Area highway journey. But when Washington needs any shot of an at-giant NCAA match bid, this can be a game the Huskies completely need. Oregon’s interior defense can simply be beat, and Isaiah Stewart is without doubt one of the toughest huge men to stop within the country down low. Pac-12 is where you’re presupposed to anticipate the surprising, and I might say this upset would qualify.

Taking down the Blue Devils would be greater than enough to maintain my fellow Tar Heel followers and I pleased. At least with respect to how the season is at present going. Everybody knows the value of this rivalry, and the way much it means for either side, so the Tar Heels’ matchups with Duke have change into every part at this level. The problem with this, although, is the truth that Duke has remained a powerhouse during the present — and hopefully short — demise of North Carolina.

Duke stayed in the sport and tied it at 58-fifty eight halfway through the second half earlier than Louisville might pull through. Cassius Stanley was a monster for the Blue Devils, with 28 factors, 11 rebounds and what felt like a hundred dunks, and three different Duke gamers -Matthew Damage, Tre Jones and Vernon Carey, a national player of the 12 months candidate – scored in double figures. They targeted on shutting down Jordan Nwora, Mack mentioned – Nwora had eight key rebounds however just 6 factors – and extended possessions with a dozen offensive rebounds.

How he matches: After surprisingly seeing his first action in February, Baker performed a complete of 18 minutes in 4 games, taking 4 photographs. The previous 4-star recruit has the widest vary on the Duke bench, as he may step in and assist fill the Blue Devils’ want for floor spacing while he could stay in a reserve function in what was originally speculated to be his freshman season.

This year’s recreation can be performed on a Saturday. Every time Syracuse has hosted Duke on a weekend, the sport has set or tied faculty basketball attendance information for an on-campus venue. Last 12 months’s sport drew 35,642 to the Provider Dome, setting a new file. The previous two meetings drew sellout crowds of 35,446, the earlier document.